Posted Jul 27, 2002 16:25 UTC (Sat) by DeletedUser2877
In reply to: Printed Version
Parent article: On the future of LWN
I don't think you realize the costs involved in providing print media. LWN would have to add a great deal of money to the costs in order to provide a print media subscription, plus added personnel. The price of paper is only a small part of the costs of printed news - plus mailing, which is becoming astronomical.
I think the idea of maintaining the level of service LWN provides online via subscription is a good idea. Those who prefer printed docs could do just that - print them out. Perhaps a .pdf file for the weekly could be a viable alternative for those who do prefer the printed version, or for an easy download.
I, for one, would be happy to pay $60/yr and would prefer two installments rather than a monthly fee. I pay that to the WSJ online, so why not LWN, which provides excellent technical information.
Good luck, LWN. I hope you will find a way to continue. Count me in for a subscription if you decide to go that route.
BTW, I am as hard pressed as anyone to maintain my connectivity and other internet related costs. I have no income of my own due to illness (keeps me pretty much limited to home) and my husband's income is way down this year - like so many others. I'm learning linux admin so that I can earn money working from home. LWN is a super resource. I would have to sacrifice things in order to subscribe to LWN, but would do so because I think the information is important to the community. I really don't think LWN should have to provide addtional services when what they do provide now is excellent.
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